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A-level scholarship
Careers / Joining options

A-level scholarship

About to sit GCSEs or equivalent exams? Got the ambition to become a Royal Navy Engineer Officer? Then you can apply for financial support towards achieving the further qualifications you need.

How it works

Scholarships are awarded based on your predicted grades and performance at a thorough assessment process called the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB). To be eligible, there is a minimum requirement of 5 GCSEs at level 7 or higher (or equivalent), including Maths and English Language. Scotland, Wales and NI applicants require grade A or higher. All standard residency and nationality criteria also apply.

At the end of the scholarship, you will have the opportunity to either start initial officer training as a University Cadetship Entrant (UCE), or move onto an Defence STEM Undergraduate Scheme (DSUS). Whichever route you take, once you’ve completed all your training, you’ll need to spend a minimum of 5 years in the Naval Service.

Please note A-level scholarships do not apply for medical and dental branch careers but we do offer paid ways to train across our medical branches. To find out more, go to our Medical and Dental Cadetship page or the Student Medical Technicians and Nurses page.

Royal Navy Engineer

What you’ll get

When you’re awarded an A-Level scholarship, your parents or guardians will receive an annual payment towards your A-Level or equivalent study. And you’ll get a guaranteed career at the end. Let’s take a closer look:


  • £1,500 per year while you study. 
  • A conditional offer of a place in the Royal Navy. There, you’ll train as an Officer in one of three engineering branches. 
  • Engineer Officer scholarship students with 72 UCAS points will earn a place on a Defence STEM Undergraduate Scheme (DSUS) at a university of their choosing. 
  • Engineer Officer scholarship students with 144 UCAS points and selected at AIB will earn a place as a University Cadetship Entrant (UCE) at a university of their choosing. First you will complete a year’s initial Officer training. That means entering BRNC in September and starting University the following September.
  • Study your A-levels as a civilian before entering Service in September (UCE). Or start your degree on the Defence STEM Undergraduate Scheme (DSUS).
  • A streamlined route to a life where every day is different.

How to apply

Engineer Officer roles

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